Jamhuri Day is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year. Jamhuri is the Swahili word for "republic" and the holiday is meant to officially mark the date of Kenya's independence which happened on 12 December 1964. The country became an independent republic after gaining full self-governance from the United Kingdom on 1st May 1964. Jamhuri Day is regarded as Kenya's most important day, marked by numerous festivities which celebrate the country's cultural heritage and looks back at her journey to independence.
Trooping of the Color
The Trooping of the Color takes place every Jamhuri Day in the Central Stadium. The ceremony begins at 11:30 after the President of Kenya, takes the national salute, and inspects the parade. The band plays a slow march followed with a quick march the lone drummer then breaks away to take his position beside number one guard to play the drummers call, signalling the officers of No.1 Guard to take positions to receive the colour. The escort for the colour then marches off to collect the colour as the massed KDF band plays the chosen Kenyan tune. After the hand over and as the Escort presents arms the first verse of the Kenya national anthem is played, then the escort to the colour marches off in a slow march to the tune of the British grenadier guards. The first tune normally played during the march is always 'By land and sea'.
- Facts and Figures Government of Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Accessed 1 June 2011)
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